In a week where we seemingly brought Melbourne’s cold weather with us to Queensland, our athletes shone through the clouds to take the competition by storm. Pun very much intended.
It was a week to savour, from our beach volleyballers not dropping a set on their way to GOLD in Division Two to Jack Gerrard blitzing the swimming competition on his way to FIVE GOLD medals, THREE SILVER Medals, ONE BRONZE medal and THREE GAMES RECORDS!
2018 saw Monash University send our smallest team in recent history, with only 210 athletes competing at the inaugural National University Championships, down from a team of 548 in 2017. However, our athletes beat our Gold medal haul from 2017 by 1, taking home 6 Division One Pennants and 1 Division Two gold medal.
Our Mixed Netball team went back-to-back with a convincing 8 point win in the final against Victoria University as they completed a dominate sweep of the competition.
Table Tennis Women– GOLD
Our girls came from behind to beat Melbourne 6-4 in a hotly contested final.
Table Tennis Men– GOLD
Monash took an early 3-0 lead in their final against UNSW and never looked back, wrapping up their tie 6-2 to take out the competition.
Swimming Men – GOLD
Led by Jack Gerrard the Men’s swim team won their first overall gold in recent memory.
Taekwondo Overall – GOLD
Taekwondo continue their strong tradition at Nationals, taking out yet another overall championship, making it almost too many too count. 9 in the last 10 years.
Badminton Men – GOLD
Taking on a strong UQ, our boys were able to come home with the win. 159 – 127.
Volleyball Beach – GOLD
Playing at Australia’s highest level, Jarrah and Dakota started their Nationals campaign in Division Two where they did not drop a single set and beat a strong RMIT in the gold medal match 2-0 (RMIT’s boys were also national level athletes). The boys are set for a dig at the Division One title next year #cantwait.
Sailing – Silver
Our sailing team fell to a strong UTS crew in the final 2-1.
Badminton Women – SILVER
Locked in a tight battle against Melbourne. Our girls were unable to capitalise on a bright 2-0 start, eventually going down 3-2.
Kendo - Bronze
Tennis Women – BRONZE
Our girls wrapped-up the bronze with three convincing singles wins. #1 Seed won 9-3. #2 Seed won 9-1. #3 Seed won 9-1.
|Our Tennis girls winning Bronze. Photo: Team Monash.|
Our Touch men’s defied all odds to make the semi-finals, our boys unfortunately went down to a strong Western Sydney 9-5 in the Bronze medal match.
Athletics Overall – FOURTH
Our relatively small athletics team did unbelievably well to finish fourth. Notable achievements were:
-Olympian Georgia Griffith winning the Women’s 1500m
-Silver in the Women’s medley relay, Pillipa Huse finish with the silver medal for the Women’s 5000m walk and Silver in the Men’s 4x100m.
-Bronze in the Men’s 4x400m, Elliot claimed Bronze in the Men’s 100m, Phil won bronze in the Men’s 400m, Olivia Weston won bronze in the Women’s 5000m, Phillipa Hajdasz claimed bronze in the Women’s pole vault, and Michael won bronze in the Men’s 5000m.
Basketball Men - FIFITH
Our boys came up against some tough opposition and fell to eventual champions VU in their repechage match.
Futsal Men - FIFTH
The boys went down in a tough repechage loss to USC 4-3, they were leading 3-2 at half-time.
Swimming Women – SEVENTH
Our girls did not have the numbers to compete for the overall title, but put in a gallant effort with some brilliant individual performances.
Touch Women – EIGHTH
Up against some quality competition from the northern states our girls were competitive but ultimately finished eighth.
Monash also had athletes in Rowing, Cycling and Judo. Two of our Judo athletes came away with an individual Silver and a Bronze.
What a week it was, all of our athletes should be extremely proud of their efforts and achievements! #bleedblue #monashpride #bleedgrey